Sunday, 14 July 2019

IMPORTANT: Meet Natasha and Brendan. They make chocolate at the Cadbury factory in Tasmania

IMPORTANT: Meet Natasha and Brendan. They make chocolate at the Cadbury factory in Tasmania. This photo is of them outside the Federal Court in Melbourne.

Right now they have a case in the Federal Court which could have disastrous consequences for workers across the country. It's a bit complicated, so indulge us a sweet moment of your time.

Natasha and Brendan work 12 hour shifts. Under current rules, workers like Natasha and Brendan are entitled to 10 days sick leave per year. Their day is considered 12 hours (because that's what they work!) so that means they're entitled to 120 hours of sick leave per year.

Their company, Cadbury, has decided to run a case against them. Cadbury says that even if you work 12 hours a day, the definition of a day is 7.6 hours. They say that Natasha and Brendan should only get 76 hours of sick leave per year.

It's a pretty tricky way of robbing Natasha and Brendan of sick leave hours.

If that wasn't bad enough, the Federal Industrial Relations Minister, Kelly O'Dwyer, has intervened in the case to ask the court to agree with Cadbury. So not only do Natasha and Brendan have to take on one of our biggest companies, they have to take on the Federal Government too.

If Cadbury and the Minister get away with it, this will become the new normal.

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